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JVC Vs. Pioneer Head Units

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Okay so I was checking out a couple decks I can get from work at pretty decent prices. I have narrowed it down to a couple of them that I like. So like, give me your opinion on whether it rocks or sucks and gimme a reason other than "JVC BLOWZ LOLOLOLOL NINJA
" Personal experiences are welcome of course.

Note that these are not MP3 decks, I don't think the extra $$$ is worth it because I'll likely never use the mp3 functions anyway.

JVC KD-1150 CD Car Deck


# Of Pre-Out In Pairs 3
ATT/Mute Yes
Built-In Crossover No
EQ/DSP/Crossover 7-Band iEQ
Face Style Flip/Detachable
Included In Box Remote, Case
Intro Scan On CD Yes
Loudness/BBE/D-Bass No
Power/Max 50 Watts x 4
Pre-Out Voltage 4 V
Rotary Controls Yes
Size DIN
Sub Volume Control Yes
Switchable Illumination Yes

The pros, according to me: THREE PAIRS OF FOUR VOLT PREOUTS!!!!!!1111 with gold plated terminals... yes I plan on totally expanding this system hardcore, but for now I'm just gonna put a deck.

The cons according to me: Display is bright and active, lots of stuff happening on it, kinda distracting. Although you can dim it down and it is clean looking.

Okay now the second deck... the PIONEER unit:

Pioneer DEH-P3500
# Of Pre-Out In Pairs 2
# Of Tuner Presets 18 FM, 6 AM
Built-In Crossover Yes
CD Mute Circuit No
CD Text Capable (Deck &/or Chgr) Yes
Changer Control Yes
Clock Yes
D/A Converter Type 1-Bit
Intro Scan On CD No
Loudness/BBE/D-Bass Variable Control
Power/Max 200 Watts
Pre-Out Voltage 2.2 V
Rotary Controls Yes
Size DIN
Sub Volume Control Yes

The pros according to me: I've had good experiences with every Pioneer product I've ever owned. Never let me down. Also has a clean looking display free of annoying videos, but it is pretty goofy nonetheless.

The cons: Only two preouts, and they're only 2.2 volts, chances are one of them is a sub preout, which means I won't be able to fade if I use an external four channel amp. But what I might do anyway is just use a two channel for the fronts when I get some decent components down the road, and run the back off the deck. Also everyone and their mama has this deck.

Right now I am leaning towards the JVC because of the preouts. I have listened to both decks and I can't really tell a difference in output sound quality. They both sound great to me. I like the JVC because it's different, looks awesome and the controls are mint. The pioneer's controls look ugly as all Pioneer do (IMO) but it is built for putting out nice sound and seems more adjustable so it might be better in the long run for sound quality. I don't plan on going with a competition system or anything, just want something that sounds good.

For those who are wondering, it will be installed in the ashtray section much like spyguy's setup...may not be as clean but that's where it's going.

Edit: Added pics of decks.
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The colour of the display? It changes itself or you can set it at whatever colour you want (I'd make it green to match the interior).
That's one thing I can't live without at all...the rotary volume control.
I love knobs.

Thanks for all your suggestions guys, I am debating whether or not I wanna cough up slightly extra moolah and get the Pioneer 6500...

It has the 3 preouts plus a really nice control system for everything. The problem is, the display still looks retarded and I am paying for ridiculous 3d graphics. But if I decide to drop even more cash there's this one...

It has MP3 playback as well as a functional display.
Other than that though not huge differences.

I don't think I really need to worry about an MP3 deck as I really do not care for listening to MP3s. I may do it once or twice and that's it, so I figure I could save the money and get a nicer deck that has better control of the sound. Looks like in terms of the Pioneer 3500 vs. the JVC...the Pioneer offers better sound control and will suit my interior better, but the JVC offers 3 four volt preamp outputs for expanding my system...I guess I have to decide if I'm just going to run the rear speakers off the deck or if I need them amplified too. We'll see.
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I am probably going to go with the DEH-P5500MP. I can't hold off or I lose employee discount.
Besides it's a nice deck, onboard crossovers, mp3 playback (which I have decided I want now lol...its not really that much more expensive especially at cost), and all that fun stuff. Nice unit IMO, I'll jump on it.
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